When you want to experience Wadi Rum desert to the max you absolutely have to stay overnight. Preferably two or more nights. If you go on tour with companies based in Rum village you have 3 options to stay overnight. You can either sleep in one of the small Bedouin camps, spend the night with a Bedouin family or stay overnight under the stars. No matter which option you choose, you will overnight inside the Wadi Rum desert protected area.
#1 Bedouin camp
The majority of the overnight guests who visit Wadi Rum desert with a Rum village based company sleep in a Bedouin camp. All camps are within the protected area. They may look all the same at first sight. But no two camps are. Even though the outline is alike. Basically all camps have a kitchen building next to the dining/communal tent and an outside sitting/dining area. Once you arrive in the camp the sweet tea will be ready for you here. And the cook is already busy with preparing you a Bedouin dinner which will be served here too. In the sleeping area you will find cabins for 2 persons or families of 4 to 6 persons. In this area you will also find the building with showers and toilets. Most of the camps have solar heated water. Electricity is mostly available for a couple of hours during the night. Perfect to charge your camera’s battery for tomorrow’s tour. Sleeping in the Bedouin camp is the most comfortable way of staying overnight in the desert.
#2 Bedouin homestay in the house of hair
If you want to have an extraordinary experience, then a homestay in the Bedouin house of hair may be an option for you. Some of our tribe members still live the nomadic life with their livestock in the desert. We can arrange for you to stay overnight with one of them. After sunset we will drive you to their tent. You will be welcomed with the sweet Bedouin tea. After finishing your tea you can talk to your host or walk around to see the livestock. In the night you will join the family for the freshly prepared dinner. After dinner it is time to relax and enjoy. And when it is time to go sleep your mattress and blanket will be ready for you. Sweet dreams for you and your Bedouin host family.
If you want to know more about the layout and roles within the Bedouin tent, please read our blog An insight on the Bedouin house of hair.
#3 Sleeping under the stars
The comfort of the Bedouin camp may be tempting. And the unique experience of staying overnight with a Bedouin family too. But nothing beats the fabulous experience of sleeping under the stars
Just imagine: After sunset you step into the car and we drive to a cave. Once you arrive at the cave you can explore the area while we prepare the sitting area. For you it is time to relax. We will start the fire to prepare tea and a Bedouin dinner. After dinner we relax and enjoy the night. We can share Bedouin stories, play music or just watch the amazing starry night sky. When you feel tired, you go sleep and enjoy the absolute silence of the desert night. In the morning you will wake up by the sound of birds in their morning chirp and the light of the rising sun. We prepare you a traditional breakfast to start your brand new day. Staying overnight like this is truly is a one of a kind experience. We are convinced it will be the highlight of your visit to Wadi Rum.